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Vikings going after Gruden

USA Today Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is being sought after for interviews for the head coaching gig of four NFL teams, including the Minnesota Vikings.

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The Washington Redskins are among four teams reportedly interested in interviewing Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for their head coaching position.

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins are seeking permission to interview Jay Gruden and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

ESPN reported that the Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings also requested permission to interview Gruden.

Gruden and Zimmer interviewed for NFL head-coaching jobs last offseason. Gruden, 46, finished his third season as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator while Zimmer, 57, has been the Bengals’ defensive coordinator for six years.

Gruden has interviewed for head coaching jobs in each of the last two offseasons.

Among the five teams looking for a new head coach, the Cleveland Browns were the only one not linked to interest in Gruden.

Cincinnati’s season ended Sunday with a 27-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers in an AFC wild-card playoff.

McDaniels meets with Browns

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels confirmed that he met with Cleveland Browns officials over the weekend regarding the Browns head coaching vacancy, the Boston Globe reported.

“We met, and that’s about all there is at this point,” McDaniels said, according to the Globe. “Nothing further.”

The Cleveland Browns are not interested in interviewing Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops for their vacant head coaching position.

A league source close to the Browns told Monday that Stoops has never been considered a candidate for the job to replace Rob Chudzinski.

Dolphins fire OC Sherman

The Miami Dolphins fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman after two seasons, the team announced.

Miami’s offense ranked 27th in the NFL in yards and 26th in scoring in 2013. The Dolphins averaged 19.8 points per game.

Head coach Joe Philbin’s job is reportedly safe.

Bucs, Smith make it official

Lovie Smith, who was officially introduced as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers new head coach, wants the team to regain the image it had when he was member of Tony Dungy’s staff with the Bucs.

“When I was first here, we laid a foundation,” said Smith, who was the Bucs’ linebackers coach from 1996 through 2000. “There was a certain type of football you expected from us.

“We were relentless, physical. It was hard to come in here, to Raymond James Stadium, and play against us. And we’ve gotten away from that, and it’s time now as we go into the future to become relevant again.” (Editing by Frank Pingue)